Some good reading today about the presidential campaign. Chris Cillizza has an interesting piece about the Obama campaign’s dilemma in talking about the economy. Trying to get the expectations right when the recovery is so fragile is difficult. Better to err way on the side of caution and hope that the economy still inches up, or better said, takes one step forward for every half-step back.
Lois Romano weighs in with a piece saying that some Republicans are advising Romney to own his Mormonism as a positive, instead of treading defensively around it. I couldn't agree more, and I posted about this some time ago. Part of why Romney struggles with authenticity is because the defining principle of his life — his faith — has been walled off. It would be as if Obama never spoke about his multicultural background as formative of his worldview.
David A. Fahrenthold has a spot-on piece on the best way to position oneself to be selected as a running mate, as Mitt Romney begins his search. (Rule #1: Don’t look like you are running.) Over the years, one of the most dreaded assignments I was given — three times, actually — was to help a senator get his name mentioned as part of the vice presidential list, not because it was actually a possibility but to enhance the senator’s prestige. If we were successful in that venture — along with many others who had been asked to do the same thing — then the task would become to move up the list without looking as if we were trying. Very hard.
Finally, Jonathan Weisman and Jennifer Steinhauer have a piece that touches on something that interests me: how Romney's move to the center may be blocked by the Republicans in the House. It quotes a Republican freshman as saying, “We're not a cheerleading squad. We're the conductor. We're supposed to drive the train.”